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"Devoted" - Preaching at Harderwyk - Acts 5 - May 9, 2021

Resources For "Devoted" Series From Each Harderwyk Preacher I. New For This Week 1) Basic Fear of God by Francis Chan - CLICK HERE to view a video by Francis Chan from his BASIC series.  He talks about how the fear of the Lord ultimately leads us to a place of security in Him knowing that the one we fear is for us, not against us. 2) "Sing Alleluia" With Believers in Hong Kong - CLICK HERE for the background mentioned in Celebration about a song sung both by Chinese believers and in our service today. II. From The Commentaries On This Passage From John Calvin in Commentary upon the Acts of the Apostles “For if, having weighed all the circumstances, we be desirous to know the sum, Luke condemneth no other fault in Ananias than this, that he meant to deceive God and the Church with a feigned offering. Yet there were more evils packed under this dissimulation: the contempt of God, whom he feareth not, though he knew his wickedness; sacrilegious defrauding, because he
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"Devoted" - Preaching at Harderwyk - Acts 4 - May 2, 2021

Resources For "Devoted" Series From Each Harderwyk Preacher I. New For This Week Keep In Mind: Biblical Truth About the Holy Spirit - part 2 - Second installment of a blog series by Pastor Bill.  Here he lays out the two-fold manner of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer:  "the Spirit Upon" and "the Spirit Within."  CLICK HERE for the entire post. II. From The Commentaries On This Passage From Acts 1-12 For You by Albert Mohler Jr -  “The question (asked in Acts 4:7 - "By what power or what name did you do this?") also reveals a great deal about these Jewish leaders: Ignorance. This counsel was made up of people who were supposed to know everything about Scripture—yet they failed to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Arrogance. The Scriptures warn against taking a hand against one of God’s prophets (Psalm 105:15). This group crucified the only begotten Son of God, and they have also arrested the apostles, who function as proph

"Devoted" - Preaching at Harderwyk - Acts 3 - April 28, 2021

Resources For "Devoted" Series From Each Harderwyk Preacher I. New For This Week Your Whole Bible Is About Jesus - When Peter says, "The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified Jesus" in Acts 3:13, he is speaking about what Jesus showed his disciples in passages like Luke 24:27 & 44-45.  If we ever hope to properly handle the stories in the Bible, we must first grasp the story of the Bible.    CLICK HERE to read this full post from The Gospel Coalition. The Book of Acts Tells How The Multiethnic, International Church Grew - The Bible Project -  The Bible Project makes an interesting connection between the Temple of Jerusalem and God's New Temple, Christ's Church.  In Acts 3-5 we see the Church of Christ fulfilling all the functions of the Lord's Temple - worship and teaching but also healing and generosity to the poor.  The picture (from the bible project video / poster) shows how this is laid out in the text.  CLIC

"Devoted" - Preaching at Harderwyk - Acts 2 - April 18, 2021

Resources For "Devoted" Series From Each Harderwyk Preacher I. New For This Week Keep In Mind: Biblical Truth About the Holy Spirit - Part 1 - CLICK HERE for a larger blog post by Pastor Bill on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit intended for broader background for the entire series. "Part of the challenge of this passage is the question: have our churches today got enough energy, enough spirit-driven new life, to make onlookers pass any comment at all? Has anything happened which might make people think we were drunk? If not, is it because the spirit is simply at work in other ways, or because we have so successfully quenched the spirit that there is actually nothing happening at all?" - Wright, N.T. (2008). Acts for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-12 (pp. 29–30).  Spiritual Formation Resources  - Because prayer is sooooooooo central to the Book of Acts, we will be working to equip the life of prayer and spiritual formation throughout the summer.  We are gatherin

"Devoted" - Preaching at Harderwyk - Acts 1:1-14 - April 11, 2021

Resources For "Devoted" Series From Each Harderwyk Preacher I. New For This Week  Spiritual Formation Resources - Because prayer is sooooooooo central to the Book of Acts, we will be working to equip the life of prayer and spiritual formation throughout the summer.  We are gathering resources for that and connecting them to our main Harderwyk.com landing page.   CLICK HERE for a first look at that page of resources.  Expect it to develop through the course of the summer. On the Kingdom/Kingdom of God Definition -  “Kingdom: The dynamic reign of God as sovereign over creation. Although the roots of the term lie in the OT, the Christian understanding arises more specifically from Jesus’ proclamation of the inbreaking of God’s rule. Hence the kingdom is God’s divine, kingly reign as proclaimed and inaugurated by Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection, and the subsequent outpouring of the Spirit into the world. In this sense Christ is reigning now, and the kingdom of Go

"He Is, I'm Not" - Preaching at Harderwyk - John 11:1-44 - Resurrection Sunday - April 4, 2021

Resources For "He Is, I'm Not" Series From Each Harderwyk Preacher I. New For This Week Timothy Keller “Encounters with Jesus” -  “Jesus gives Martha what we could call the ministry of truth.  That is what she needs most at the moment. He sort of grabs her by the shoulders with truth. ‘Listen to me! Don’t despair. I’m here. Resurrection. Life. That’s what I am.’ Because of his divine identity, he is high enough to point her to the stars. Then, when he gets to Mary, he gives her what we could call the ministry of tears. That is what she needs most at that moment. Because of his human identity, he is low enough to step into her sorrow - with complete sincerity and integrity - and just weep with her.” II. From The Commentaries NT Wright “John For Everyone” -  “Jesus’ reply to her, and the conversation they then have, show that the ‘back to the future’ idea isn’t entirely a moviemaker’s fantasy. Instead of looking at the past, and dreaming about what might have been (but now

"He Is, I'm Not" - Preaching at Harderwyk - John 14:1-13 - March 28, 2021 - Palm Sunday

Resources For "He Is, I'm Not" Series From Each Harderwyk Preacher I. New For This Week Is Jesus the Only Way?  In this blog post by Lutheran pastor Bruce Hillman, he writes: " To the extent that God is exclusive by offering salvation only through Christ we can say he is more gracious than other systems because he takes on our guilt upon himself while gifting us his righteousness."   Hillman offers a thoughtful, pastoral and relational reflection on the exclusivity of Jesus' statement in John 14:6.  CLICK HERE for entire post. Christ's Exclusive Truth-Claims Make Believing "All Religions are Basically the Same" Impossible This blog post by author Randy Alcorn includes the story of Tim Keller and a Muslim Cleric responding together to a college student insisting that "all religions are fundamentally alike."  CLICK HERE for the entire post.     II. From The Commentaries From NT Wright in John For Everyone -  “Jesus’ reply has haunted a